Now that I just fin­ished mak­ing my old­est daughter’s Bat Mitz­vah I would love to share some details of the behind the scenes of what went into design­ing the event, from con­cept to com­ple­tion. My daugh­ter Eliana is very into act­ing so nat­u­ral­ly it felt right to go with the hol­ly­wood theme. I feel it’s very impor­tant when choos­ing a Bar/Bat Mitz­vah theme to go with some­thing that excites the kid.


For me, every­thing starts with a logo. The logo, whether for busi­ness or for an event, sets the tone and even col­or scheme. Because Eliana starts with an E, the E! Hol­ly­wood logo felt like a per­fect match for me.

I also loved the idea of bring­ing the word Hol­ly­wood into it and it just seemed like a fun fit to change the spelling to HollE­wood with the E logo replac­ing Y.


Next invi­ta­tions! An invite def­i­nite­ly gives guests a hint of what’s to come. I chose to do a pop up invite that def­i­nite­ly por­trayed  the feel of the par­ty.

I added cus­tom stamps as a fin­ish­ing touch. Here are the designs for the stamps. I need­ed 2 stamps because the postage end­ed up being high. In the future I would design based on what I want to pay for postage…since invite couldn’t bend it meant it was con­sid­ered a par­cel and was charged as such.


I also designed seals to seal the enve­lope. The one I used had the return address writ­ten in the black cir­cu­lar bor­der.


Instead of response cards I opt­ed to do a web­site where peo­ple can rsvp and get to know Eliana. Of course I cus­tomized it to go with my invites and theme. I defi­nate­ly saw that response wise, you have to be more on top of your guests when you have a site. Most for­get to do it. How­ev­er it def­i­nite­ly is a nice touch and allows you to share with your guests much more tha an invite allows.




Now that invites and site were done (And it’s best to take care of invites right away as mak­ing lists and gath­er­ing address­es take a long time) it was time to come up with the decor.

I knew I want­ed hol­ly­wood colors…red, black, gold. I con­tact­ed a very tal­ent­ed cen­ter­piece design­er named Danielle from par­ty excel­lence and we came up with a game plan.
We decid­ed on Black and red feath­ers in LED vas­es and cus­tom E! cen­ter­pieces as well as a big “Wel­come to HollE­wood” sign when guests entered and big E! logos on either side of the stage.
I con­tact­ed Dina from D Squared for the linen and we picked the nicest gold and black vel­vet cloths as well as some cool red leather cloths for buf­fet to add a pop of red. Here is the result.


Of course it’s also all in the details..Kippas…benchers….sign in books and a sign in mir­ror (instead of a board) , sun­glass­es and a give­away bag mod­eled after the bloom­ing­dales bag with logo ear­buds.


Sign in Book                       Give­away bags


Cus­tom Sun­glass­es        Kip­pah and bencher           Sign in Mir­ror

Ear buds and case


We found a cre­ative way to make even her speech inter­est­ing using a pow­er­point pre­sen­ta­tion to illus­trate her Dvar Torah.
The concept…what if our fore­fa­thers had insta­gram. Here is a link to her speech com­plete with the pow­er­point images.
And here is one of the pow­er­point images depict­ing her Dvar Torah.




The high­light of the night for the kids is the mon­tage. I love mon­tages but often find myself drift­ing off when it’s too long and slow and repet­i­tive. So for my daugh­ters Bat Mitz­vah I was deter­mined to come up with a cre­ative one. I teamed up with my daugh­ters gui­tar teacher Lenny Man­zo who hap­pens to be a tal­ent­ed video­g­ra­ph­er and edi­tor and togeth­er we worked months on a mini movie/music video. This is a par­o­dy of One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” video as well as a par­o­dy of Icona Pop’s song “We love her”. I was also lucky to have my come­di­an friend Elon Gold in it…he was amaz­ing.
Here it is:


Of course the most impor­tant thing at the end of the day is enjoy­ing the night, even if things don’t go per­fect­ly, and of course the pic­tures! We were lucky to have Jer­ry Mey­er Stu­dio  do our pho­tog­ra­phy and we are thrilled with the results!







And of course match­ing thank you cards for all the gifts are always a great idea!

For more infor­ma­tion on logo, invite and mon­tage cre­ations for your next affair con­tact me any­time. 917–301-2584


Nov 12, 2013 / Blog / Mus­ings

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